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Partnerships Program 2018-19
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Partnerships Program 2018-19

There is still time to apply for our Partnerships Program for the 2018/19 year. This program is an opportunity for community organizations in Atlantic Canada to apply for small one-year sponsorships for new activities and/or projects that promote the outreach, recruitment, and retention for girls, young women, and industry professionals in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

If you have a great idea for a new activity, conference, workshops etc. that aims to support girls and women in STEM and you and/or your organization is located in any of the Atlantic Provinces, then be sure to apply. You could receive a sponsorship of up to $3,000!

Make sure to visit the Partnerships Program page of our website for deadlines and application guidelines.

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Out of This World!
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Out of This World!

We were excited to participate in Science Literacy Week again this year with our event Out of This World! Explore Space with Local Scientists.

As the theme of Science Literacy week this year was Space, we decided to host an event that showcased the space-related research happening right here in Atlantic Canada! Our event featured Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, a Physicist at Memorial University Grenfell Campus, who spoke about her research into Dark Matter; Astrophysicist Dr. Catherine Lovekin who detailed her research who focuses on the structure and evolution of massive starts; and WISEatlantic Chair, Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, who discussed her research on bone development of Zebrafish in a microgravity environment. The event was hosted at Woodlawn Public Library to a very engaged and curious audience of over 50 people.

We would like to thank NSERC, Science Literacy Week, and Halifax Public Libraries for the support of this event.

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WISEatlantic Chair Invited Panelist
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WISEatlantic Chair Invited Panelist

WISEatlantic Chair, Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, was honored to participate in the Diversity in STEM: Why It Matters panel discussion at Acadia University on March 6th, 2018. Other panelists included Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean of Faculty of Science at Ryerson, and Denise Pothier, Vice President of Practice Services at Stantec. Special thanks to Dr. Randy Newman at Acadia for organizing this event. WISEatlantic was a proud sponsor.

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Partnerships Program Successful Applicants 2017
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Partnerships Program Successful Applicants 2017

The WISEatlantic Partnerships Program is an opportunity for community organizations in Atlantic Canada to apply for small one-year sponsorship for new activities and/or projects that promote the outreach, recruitment, and retention of girls, young women, and industry professionals in STEM. The Partnerships Program had six applicants for 2017 and the following three were successful in receiving funds for innovative programs in 2018:

  1. In-School STEAM Workshops submitted by Education 20/20, PEI
  2. Women Scientists in Agriculture and Fishing submitted by Faculty of Agriculture – Female Leaders in Academia at Dalhousie University, Truro, NS
  3. WISE NL Speaker Series submitted by WISE NL, St. John’s, NL

Congrats to the successful applicants! The next round of submissions will open in September 2018 on our Partnerships Program page.

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Driving Women Out
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Driving Women Out

Robin Durnford writes how university's reliance on contract labour is creating a hostile environment for female professors. This article sheds light on the impact of contract positions, and their ramifications for women in academia.

Read the article here.

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Minister Geoff Regan visits Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal
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Minister Geoff Regan visits Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal

This past May, The Honorable Geoff Regan, MP for Halifax West and Speaker of the House of Commons, visited Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal's lab to learn more about her research, and the WISEatlantic program. Dr. Franz-Odendaal was later featured in his Summer 2017 constituency newsletter.

Read the article (on page two of the newsletter) here.

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NSERC PromoScience Grant
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NSERC PromoScience Grant

Is promoting science your passion? Apply for an NSERC PromoScience Grant! The application deadline is September 15, 2017.

NSERC invites applications that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada’s young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Aboriginal peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers. Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities.

To learn more, visit their website.

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Gender Summit North America 2017
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Gender Summit North America 2017

From November 6 to 8, 2017, advocates of gender equality policy from science, innovation and development fields will participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, Canada. Those present will have the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of "Pluralism, Ethnicity & Inclusion – Canadian Values in a Global Context."

The summit will engage individuals and communities in transformative actions on gender equity, pluralism, ethnicity, and inclusion in science and STEM, social science and health research. This is the first time a Canadian city will be hosting the Summit.

Learn more by visiting their website.

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Engineers Canada 30 By 30 Campaign Update
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Engineers Canada 30 By 30 Campaign Update

Engineers Canada is working to increase the representation of women within the engineering field through its 30 by 30 initiative. This initiative has a goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 percent by the year 2030.

Thirty per cent is universally held as the tipping point for sustainable change–reaching 30 by 30 will help drive the shift in the overall membership of the engineering profession as more and more women continue to enter the profession. This initiative began in 2014, new numbers from 2016 show a slight national increase but there is still much work to be done.

Click here for more information on the initiative and on the new data.

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Atlantic ConnecTions Conference 2017
For: Women in SETT

Atlantic ConnecTions Conference 2017

The 2nd biennial Atlantic ConnecTions Conference took place May 3 & 4, 2017 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. This conference brought together over 100 women in SETT from Across Atlantic Canada to share their experiences, network, and develop action items with the goal of advancing women in SETT.

The event featured keynote speakers Vandana Juneja, Senior Director at Catalyst, and Gloria Montano, Director of WinSETT. Donna Clark of Courage Group International facilitated the open sessions of the conference. During certain parts of the conference, participants were offered parallel streams for women in technology, trades, academia, and engineering. The attendee’s were engaged, and enjoyed connecting with women in a variety of professions.

The final report from the 2017 ACT Conference is available here

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Step Up: An Academic Advancement Workshop
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Step Up: An Academic Advancement Workshop

On March 17th, 2017 WISEatlantic hosted Step Up: An Academic Advancement Workshop for Female Faculty in Saint John, NB. Participants learned various strategies for academic advancement which were tailored for female faculty in STEM in Atlantic Canada.

This workshop featured the following topics:

  • Career Planning: Energizing your path forward
  • Service from a Faculty & Dean perspective
  • Communication Skills for the Workplace
  • Teaching in the STEM Disciplines,
  • Establishing and Maintaining a Research Program/Lab.

Thank you to the NSERC-CWSE Network for sponsoring this event!

You can read the full report here.

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